Johann Friedrich Fasch: Overture in G Major
Johann Joachim Quantz: Concerto for Flute in G Major
Johann Georg Pisendel: Concerto in D Major
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Sinfonia à 8 in A Minor
Johann David Heinichen: Ouverture in G Major
Sandra Miller flute • Robert Mealy violin
American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas conductor
Dresden’s renowned Hofkapelle court orchestra was the finest in Germany during the Baroque era and brought prestige to the city, establishing its rank as one of the most important musical centers throughout Europe. A wealth of composers wrote their finest compositions for the ensemble. This program shows just how adept the musicians of the Hofkapelle were.
Antonio Vivaldi: Dixit Dominus
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major “fatto per Maestro Pisendel”
Baldassare Galuppi: Sum nimis irata
Johann Sebastian Bach: Preise dein glücke gesegnetes Sachsen
(“Praise your good fortune, blessed Saxony”)
Elizabeth Blumenstock violin
Clara Rottsolk soprano • Judith Malafronte contralto
Matthew Hill tenor • William Sharp baritone
American Bach Choir • American Bach Soloists
Jeffrey Thomas conductor
A stunning setting of “Dixit Dominus” by Vivaldi, recently discovered in Dresden, features some of the composer’s most pictorial musical imagery and what has become known as Vivaldi’s most brilliantly executed double fugue for chorus. Bach’s congratulatory cantata, “Praise your good fortune, blessed Saxony,” for the anniversary of the election of August III, Elector of Saxony, as King of Poland, was first performed in October 1734 in the presence of the Elector. A grand and flattering testimonial to the high esteem in which he was held by Bach, the American Bach Choir and a full Baroque orchestra with trumpets and drums join in singing the praises of Dresden’s celebrated Elector.
An annual pilgrimage for many concert-goers, ABS’s performances of the work that represents the pinnacle of Baroque music are legendary, especially in the passionate and dedicated hands of ABS Academy faculty and participants.
Large-scale opera and oratorio is a major component of every ABS Summer Festival. Based on an English opera libretto yet designated “after the manner of an Oratorio,” Handel’s Semele melds the two forms into one superb work.
A showcase for the virtuosi of ABS, this program presents dazzling works by Bach, Biber, Pachelbel, Quantz, Schmelzer, Telemann, and Zelenka. Legendary bass-baritone Max van Egmond makes his ABS Festival farewell performance.